Finance, Finance & law

The Charity Accountants' Conference, Birmingham, 20-21 September

The UK's largest residential conference for charity finance professionals is back!

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If you are a charity finance professional, the Charity Accountants’ Conference is an event that’s not to be missed. This residential conference has everything you need to do the best job, so that your charity can keep making leaps forward for your cause. This year the Conference will be held in Solihull, Birmingham.

The Charity Accountant’s Conference 2018

A partnership event with Sayer Vincent, The Charity Accountants’ Conference gives charity finance professionals:

  • Updates on legal, tax and accounting issues from charity experts
  • 24 practical hands-on sessions to develop your skills and knowledge
  • Opportunities to develop soft skills

We’ll also have a variety of exhibitors. You can view them here

What topics will we be covering?

Over the two days we will cover key topical areas over 24 sessions, such as:

  • Data protection
  • Code of good governance
  • Intelligent reserves policies
  • Gift Aid update
  • Minimising tax costs
  • Trading and social enterprise

View the full Conference schedule here

Opening Plenary: Is it time for a revolution in charity financial reporting? 10.15-11.00

Joe Saxton, founder of nfpSynergy

Joe Saxton is Driver of Ideas and founder of nfpSynergy.

He has many years’ experience in charity fundraising and communications and has co-authored over 70 reports on charities from branding to trusteeship and organisational strategy. Joe will open our conference with the challenge for change in charity financial reporting.

Keynote Speech: The view from the Charity Commission – Day two 13.45-14.30

Amie Woods, Deputy Head of Accountancy Services, Charity Commission

Amie Woods is Deputy Head of Accountancy Services at the Charity Commission. Amie will provide an update from the regulator covering; new guidance, fraud and insights from the Commission’s regulatory work. You will have the opportunity to ask Amie questions on aspects of charity finance and regulation including the latest on serious incident reporting.

Expert advice surgeries with Anthony Collins Solicitors or Sayer Vincent

If you’d like to book a free 15 minute slot with either of these expert organisations, please tick the box below the band options when booking and we’ll be in touch to arrange a time.

Need details of how to get to the St John’s Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham?

Click here for a map.

Want to book a room for the night before the conference?

For those wishing to stay on 19 September, the room rate is £159. To book please call St John’s Hotel on 0121 712 7601. You’ll need to state that you’ll be attending the conference on the 20 and 21 of September to ensure you stay in the same room.

If you require further information please email Evangeline Kirupairajah: 


 Find out what’s included in your stay

Want to exhibit?

Contact Shireen Mustafa-Johal, Business Development Manager at DSC, on 020 7697 4200.

Take a look at our range of exhibitors here


Download the full brochure here to pass to colleagues

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Residential rate for charities: £650 (band a or b)

Residential rate for commercial organisations: £1050 (band c)



Non-residential charities: £550   Non-residential commercial: £950

One day charities: £350                  One day commercial: £500

*Residential rate includes hotel accommodation, 3 course meal and entertainment. 


If you have any questions about this event, give one of our friendly Customer Service team a call on 020 7697 4200 or email us here.


Conference schedule

Please choose one session per time slot.

Day one only20 Sep 2018
Charity tax made simple11:15 — 12:45
Charity law update11:15 — 12:45
Impact reporting11:15 — 12:45
Compelling presentations 11:15 — 12:45
VAT update14:00 — 15:30
Data protection 14:00 — 15:30
Financial sustainability14:00 — 15:30
Mindset for success14:00 — 15:30
Gift Aid update16:00 — 17:30
Governance - a treasurers' view16:00 — 17:30
The power of cost management16:00 — 17:30
Building great teams16:00 — 17:30
Day two21 Sep 2018
Trading and social enterprise09:30 — 11:00
Introduction to charity law09:30 — 11:00
Providing assurance on key risks09:30 — 11:00
Managing staff effectively09:30 — 11:00
Grants and contracts11:15 — 12:45
Employment law11:15 — 12:45
Fraud11:15 — 12:45
Mastering your time management 11:15 — 12:45
Minimising tax costs14:30 — 16:00
Intelligent reserves policies14:30 — 16:00
Culture - the role of finance14:30 — 16:00
Taking the lead in effective meetings14:30 — 16:00

Booking options

Band A

Band A

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000.
Choose days first
Band B

Band B

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of over £500,000.
Choose days first
Band C

Band C

Statutory and commercial organisations.
Choose days first
Date Band A

Band A

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000.
Band B

Band B

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of over £500,000.
Band C

Band C

Statutory and commercial organisations.
20 Sep 2018£350.00£350.00£500.00
21 Sep 2018£350.00£350.00£500.00
All days£650.00£650.00£1,050.00

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